Kombucha Brewers International represents a vast majority and variety of small and large international kombucha brands. We are the kombucha industry and take responsibility for establishing quality standards and assisting our members and new brewers alike to meet those standards.
Connect with other commercial kombucha brewers and access Members-Only information and support materials, including every KKon presentation since 2014, member round table recordings, classifieds section to buy/sell equipment, lobbying template letters, HACCP plan template & class, plus so much more!
Member discounts for products and services
Access to valuable information regarding our industry
Such as HACCP Plan guidance (worth thousands of dollars in consulting fees alone!), Best Practices Guidelines, recently launched Industry Code of Practice, and Ethanol testing guidance. We also have a Kombucha Draft Standards Manual and a Distribution Manual to help you maintain healthy keg lines and navigate the complicated world of distribution.
Educational Webinars & Member Round Tables
Monthly Round Tables and Professional Webinars that explore topics from scaling operations to fundraising and social media, and facilitate sharing information to solve a problem or help grow your business.
Networking and mutual member mentoring
From monthly regional committee meetings to member round tables and classes, there are many opportunities to network, make new friends, and get insider tips all while growing alongside fellow brewers and elevating your industry.
Any commercial kombucha or adjunct brewery that’s in less than 5 retail outlets. A shortcut to vital and valuable time-saving information to move your kombucha business forward, at any stage of the brewery process from planning to launch.
Commercial Kombucha or JUN (aka raw honey Kombucha) beverage company (bottles, kegs or cans) with product in 5 retail locations [farmer’s markets count!]. OR a Kombucha Brew Pub serving products on tap in your location to retail customers.
A commercial fermented food or beverage industry with a minimum of 5 retail locations OR a BrewPub serving products on tap in your location to retail customers. Product examples include Water Kefir, Kvass, and other non-alcoholic, traditionally fermented beverages.
Why join KBI?
KBI was formed in response to the Kombucha Crisis of 2010 where Whole Foods voluntarily recalled all Kombucha in its stores due to a potential labeling issue. The consequences of that were costly and brought a rapidly growing industry to a screeching halt. The post-traumatic stress of that crisis was stifling communications and paranoia spread throughout the community. Reformulation allowed the industry to breathe a small sigh but larger issues were still looming.
Alex LaGory and Hannah Crum of Kombucha Kamp founded KBI to bring everyone together in order to create solutions and a safe space to discuss the unique challenges of brewing Kombucha commercially. United now, we work proactively to educate regulators, establish best practices and collaborate to grow the Kombucha market. And it is working!
From a humble start of 40 original founding companies, KBI has grown to over
200 400 members worldwide representing every continent (except Antarctica – lol!) and we are just scratching the surface of our potential. 20th Century Soda is dying as 21st Century people demand healthier options that also deliver on taste. Kombucha provides refreshment, probiotic organisms and nutrition in a living form which leads to a palpable sensation of “feeling good” that is one of the driver of the exploding marketplace.
Therefore, this is a perfect time to come together, create a community of like-minded people, and enjoy the benefits of the old and true adage, “There is strength in numbers.” If any of our members faces a regulatory challenge, our experienced membership base and leadership are there to to find resolution. We actively lobby at the state and Federal level for regulations that help our industry to keep up with the increasing consumer demand and rapid growth.
Our collective visioning is helping us shape the future of the industry, rather than letting it be shaped by external forces. We are protecting and preserving the booch for generations of drinkers to come! Now, that’s a worthy cause.